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Essential Listening: The best new music releases in September 2023
The best new music in September 2023 with house, techno, indie, DnB, jungle, alternative, and hip-hop.
Date published: 4th Sep 2023
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And if you’re new here, welcome to Essential Listening, the feature that helps you find the best new tunes and highlights where you can see the artists that made those banging tunes performing.
This month, we’ve got loads of belters to look forward to with new albums from Olivia Rodrigo, James Blake, The Chemical Brothers, Tinashe, Mitski, Soccer Mommy, yeule, Slow Pulp, and Romy coming up. So this month is looking pretty damn good.
If a track could ever give you some kind of positive sensory overload, it’s this new Eats Everything track.
Heavily detailed and dripping in late 70s/early 80s synth-pop disco vibes, this super sweet dance track was made during lockdown when, in Eats’ own words, “EVERYTHING was miserable but as the madness was ending there was a ray of hope that we could get back to normality.”
You can certainly feel the euphoria that ray of hope inspired on this one. Even in a muddy field in the rain, this track could keep you warm and smiling.
It’s confusing how Puma Blue hasn’t blown up yet with consistent atmospheric tracks tinged with melancholy.
Taken from his upcoming album Holy Waters, which dropped on the 1st, Falling Down is melty, moody, and sleepy. The lyrics read like thoughts with no obvious structure, more like a poem than a verse-chorus song.
Between the ethereal vocals, exhausted guitar, and that lush saxophone towards the end, Falling Down wouldn’t feel out of place in a movie soundtrack, kicking in to indicate that our protagonist feels lost.
Disconnect - Shy FX remix (Becky Hill x Chase & Status)
Shy FX is back proving once again he has the Midas touch on this reggae-laced remix of Chase & Status and Becky Hill's Disconnect.
This one instantly sprinkles laidback, sunny vibes into your day with the groovy reggae intro before launching into that invigorating drum loop we all know and love. Decorated with horns and electric guitar embellishments, Shy’s given a club banger new life and probably given us the summer song of the year.
But as incredible as the remix is, it wouldn’t hit the same without Mr. Williamz’s vocal contribution.
Real Bad Man linked up with BLU for an album that fans of boom-bap and solid lyricism will love.
This track, the first on the album, features an incredible instrumental, killer flow, and an underground feel.
You can find Bad News on the collaborative album of the same name between Real Bad Man and BLU, which dropped on the 1st. Fully produced by Real Bad Man with features from C.L. Smooth, Planet Asia, and more, it may just be one of the best hip-hop albums of the year. Time will tell.
You can grab tickets for BLU performing special shows with Exile below.
Follow our Essential Listening playlists featured above to discover the best new tracks released each week, as curated by the Skiddle team.
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